It’s autumn Down Under, so for art this week we did some autumnal painting.
The idea came from here.
The instructions called for tempera paint. I had no idea what that was, so I looked it up and found that it was easy enough to make your own. So that’s what we did. Basically, all we did was use egg yolks and add a little food colouring. The egg whites will be used for a yummy treat…marshmallows!
It was really nice to paint with and when it dries it has a beautiful sheen. In the words of Millymoo: “this is the nicest paint I’ve ever used!”
We’ve been living in this house for some time (I think it’s been four years), yet we still have many unfinished rooms. Our family room was one such room. We had a HUGE blank wall crying out for some love and attention.
I’ve been planning for a while to make my own art, since I’ve looked around and haven’t been able to find anything I really loved to fill that space. Although, I did come close to buying something a couple of months ago. I saw this in a shop window and thought it was my favourite colour – duck egg blue – got the lady to take it out of the window display, got out my wallet ready to pay when I noticed that it was WHITE! The lighting in the window had made it appear blue. I thought white would be too washed out, so I didn’t buy it.
I had recently finished another project with a small sample pot of duck egg blue paint and thought now that I had some leftover paint this would be my opportunity to get started on my wall art. I went out while I was still in a creative mood and bought myself a canvas. I had seen some art some time ago with those cute American red barns and really liked the look of them, they were simple, which was perfect since I can’t actually draw or paint. They were also perfect because of the colour, we have small amounts of red in our downstairs, so it would tie in well with what we already had. I painted the background blue and while I waited for it to dry, I googled red barn art and found a few which I liked and used as inspiration.
Okay, so I’m no Michelangelo, but I like it and I think it has made the room look and feel more loved.
I saw this art lesson at Kinderart and thought it looked like it would be fun to do; something that both girls would be able to do – since there is a six year age gap.
The girls didn’t want to paint the picture that was suggested, so we searched for some other paintings by George Seurat and they settled on this one:
Pointillism is a technique of painting where you apply small, distinct dots of pure colour in patterns to form an image. We used cotton buds to dab on the paint. The full instructions on how to do this can be found here.
This is how they look hanging up:
I was recently given some very beautiful old music books. While I don’t have the complete set, I do have 17 of them in landscape format and one in portrait. Each cover has a unique design that’s just begging to be made into something; I feel they are too pretty to just have them sitting on a shelf, gathering dust. Since I was given them, I have tried to come up with something creative to do with them because they have, I hate to admit it, been sitting around collecting dust.
Just look at how pretty they are:
What I’ve come up with is to put them in picture frames and hang them in our lounge room above the piano. Something like this:
Or maybe I’ll make a couple for the girl’s rooms, something like this:
I’ll let you all know which option I decide on and how they turn out once they’re done.
I “googled” this particular music series and if you’re interested, you can read a little about the background of these books here.
For this art project we used potatoes.
One for the body of the bird and a smaller one for the wing.
Linking to Home School Creations